ST LOUIS: When a record-breaking blizzard shut down much of western South Dakota in early October, the rough weather led to an impromptu retreat instead of a race for members of Life Runners.
“We thought it might be a little chilly,” Jeff Pauls said. “No one knew how bad it was going to be.”
Pauls is vice-president of operations for the organisation, now based in St Louis.
It is made up of people who pray, run and raise money for pregnancy help centres and build awareness about the abortion issue.
Life Runners from St Louis and across the country planned on running the Crazy Horse Marathon and Half Marathon on October 6 in South Dakota, but the early blizzard pummelled that part of the state from October 3 to 5, with up to 1.2m of snow.
They plan to run events in their own or nearby communities to make up for the cancelled events.
About 1700 will be running in 500 different races in the weeks ahead.